Thursday, July 30, 2009


As Rep. Eric Cantor points out in today's Washington Post, the promises of Barack Obama and the Democratic majority, like so many others, on making the federal government more transparent appear to be falling by the wayside as our government, economy, and society are restructured along more 'enlightened' liberal ideas.

I remember intense outrage over former-President Bush's 'shadow government' as seen in noted-liberal and President Bush-critic Jon Stewart's own book America in a handy pull-out or in the word's of a Democratic senator:

"The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States." -- Sen. Barack Obama, March 31, 2008

Oh wait that man is now President. Where's the accountability and transparency?

According to Michelle Malkin and the, there are currently 38 non-Senate approved, non-accountable officers tasked with everything from WMDs and Mideast Peace to the Great Lakes and safe schools.

The most troubling aspect of the czar formula is its overall lack of oversight. Scrolling the list of announced appointments it appears that a shadow government of un-regulated officials now exists with many czars matching cabinet positions:

Education to Education (which is a state controlled aspect to begin with)
War/Afghanistan/Weapons/WMD to Defense
Economy/Pay/TARP/Stimulus Accountability to Treasury
Latin America/Middle East/etc. to State

What we see is a replication of the traditional posts of a cabinet with a set of officials accountable to only the President, appointed at his whim, paid well, and operating outside the normal bureaucracy to an extent unseen by any former President.

I have no problem with our nation's biggest issues - the Middle East, health care, and the current economic crisis - being dealt with directly. I am worried about accountability, transparency, the growth of bureaucracy, and the the hypocrisy shown by President Obama and his liberal followers.

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